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Advocating for those with the greatest need: Dr. Katherine O'Rourke '08

Author: Katherine O'Rourke '08

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Soon after starting my obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012 I cared for a woman who was diagnosed with and quickly died of advanced cervical cancer.  Though cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent preventable, she had been uninsured and therefore did not have access to the care she needed to prevent this terrible disease.  Inspired by this patient, I approached my faculty mentor, Dr. Mary Landry, and asked her where uninsured patients in Madison receive the gynecologic care they need.  When Dr. Landry told me that there was not an existing program to provide advanced gynecologic care to uninsured women we decided we needed to do something to provide those services.

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The value of spiritual health: Dr. David Coulter '69

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Look at a person with a disability, and it’s often easy to see what makes them different from others.
Dr. David Coulter can see those things in the patients he has worked with for decades. But he also sees one thing that makes them, and all humans, the same—their spirits. Coulter says recognizing that is a lesson he got from Notre Dame, where 50 years ago he explored what it meant to be human and to be himself. He learned it through reflection, many caring mentors and the opportunity to take classes in a wide variety of fields, sometimes auditing classes in which he wasn’t able to enroll.

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Page Scholar creates Girls Empowered initiative in Johannesburg

Author: Tammi Freehling

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After a childhood filled with doctors and surgeries, senior Marisa Olsen knows how impactful a complex medical condition can be on a person’s life. Having compassionate and knowledgeable doctors made a difference in her situation, so she decided to pursue a career in medicine as a way to pay it forward.

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